Joseph Cornell bird assemblage

Joseph Cornell’s Aviary

I could not go on about art without listing a strong inspiration for my own art in the person of Joseph Cornell. When I saw his sculptures at the Art Institute of Chicago, I immediately knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps. 

Cornell created visual poems in which surface, form, texture, and light play together. Using things we can see, Cornell made boxes about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams. What makes these so great is that they are from the 50’s.

Cornell was captivated with birds; he created an Aviary series of boxes, in which colorful images of various birds were mounted on wood, cut out, & set against harsh white backgrounds. I have my collected images of them here for you to see.

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